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Category Archives: Webinar

Oral Health America Webinar Series: September 28, 2017

August 18, 2017

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CMS Webinar: Quality Payment Programs and CAHs

August 10, 2017

CMS is hosting a webinar on Billing for Critical Access Hospitals and the Quality Payment Program and its implications on CAHs.  This will be a great opportunity to gain an understanding about the Quality Payment Program, understand which CAH clinicians may be eligible, and what steps to take if you are a critical access hospital with eligible clinicians.

In preparation for this webinar:

SET Broadband Module – 3 part webinar

August 10, 2017

For those interested, there will be a three-part “train the trainers” (e.g., those that will be working with communities to implement broadband) webinar on Broadband development.  This is designed for USDA-RD personnel and Extension folks working with the “Stronger Economies Together” project, but this may be of interest to some of you.  This workshop was developed by and will be presented by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Here is the link for the training:

Dates:  September 12, 21, 26
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00 pm Central Time.

Rural PREP Microresearch webinar announcement

July 26, 2017

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Invitation to Kansas City Regional Office 2017 CMS National Training Program Workshops

June 11, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to attend the 2017 Medicare National Training Program (NTP) Workshops.

This year we are pleased to offer the Workshop in 4 different locations.  The same agenda and information will be provided at all Workshops.

When and Where

Kansas City, MO

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM


St. Louis, MO Area

Monday, August 14, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM


Lincoln, NE

Thursday, August 24, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Friday, August 25, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM


Des Moines, IA

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 12:30PM – 5:00PM
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 8:00AM – 4:30PM


SORH Announcements for Network Planning and Network Development Awards

July 11, 2017

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program – July 1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will award approximately $2.3 million to 23 awardees for the 2017 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning). This is a one-year, community-driven program designed to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at the local level. By emphasizing the role of networks, the program creates a platform for medical care providers, social service providers, and community organizations to coalesce key elements of a rural health care delivery system for the purpose of improving local capacity and coordination of care.

The Network Planning program will aid providers as they move from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. For grantees, the award (of up to $100,000) provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches towards a dynamic health care environment that may in turn serve as a model for other rural communities. The incoming cohort of Network Planning grantees have projects that focus on behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education. Additionally, four projects are proposing to address the loss of local health and/or social services as a result of a recent rural hospital closure or conversion and/or loss of ambulatory services.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 7, 2017

Cancer Incidence and Deaths in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties

In the latest edition of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined reported data in the United States to compare rates of incidence and death from cancer in rural and metropolitan areas.  The findings show that nonmetropolitan rural areas had lower incidence of cancer but higher rates of death than metropolitan areas.

But not all cancers are the same and geography can play a role in their incidence.  Overall, nonmetropolitan counties had higher incidence and death rates for cancers related to smoking, e.g., lung and laryngeal cancers, and those that can be prevented by screening, such as colorectal and cervical cancers.

The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System collects data about health-related risk behaviors across the United States and the data there indicates that some risk factors such as tobacco use, excessive body weight, and exposure to cancer-causing agents more commonly reported by rural residents could account for some of the disparities between rural and metropolitan cancer death rates.

Evidence-based interventions – that is, addressing the problem in ways that have been proven effective – can be used to reduce risk factors at both the individual level and the population level. The report points to some of these interventions in The Guide to Community Preventive Services.  For rural-specific guidance, our office recommends resources available at the Rural Health Information Hub.

Researchers indicate that some disparities may be attributed to lack of cancer screening in rural areas, whether testing and follow-up care are unavailable in medically underserved areas or only accessible through health insurance.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends cancer screening as an important aspect of cancer prevention and control because it can detect cancer at treatable stages.

Read the CDC’s Press Release on this report.